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The great Square. At the right corner, in cious and very large window on the second
front, Gripe's house, with a low door on its floor. To the left, in front, near Hunks's side to the Square, and over the door a window ; house is a draw well, surrounded by a low some paces backward toward the centre of the wall, whereon are fired two strong posts, with Stage, rises a large quadrangular pyramid ; a cross bar at top, to support a large pulley. at the left corner of the Square, in front, stands Two opposite Streets open into the Square. At Hunks's house, viewed in profile; in its side their entrance are set up large globe lamps, facing the audience, are two windows, the low custing a strong light over the whole Scene.
er defended by iron bars, from top to bottom. | Other Buildings, as mosques, minarets, dwelling
LIVELY, appearing at Hunks's upper window, houses, &c. compleat the sides of the Square, to hems and coughs repeatedly, as signals to the distant flat scene, which affords a night |
HARRIET. prospect of the Sea and Harbour, shut out by a Lively. Hem! hem !--She does not hear me, stately iron palisade. Near it, on the right sure, I'll sing then. hand, a single house projects-huding one spa-1
What pigeon soever they pluck,
With his plumes I shall feather my aest. At eve sweet Philomel's fond lay,
They fling, they ding,
They swear, they tear,
While snug I look on and sit still :
Blow high, blow low,
forward. At eve sweet Philomel's fond lay, His Philomela cheers.
Hunks. Mr. Gossip Gripe!-- Well, he's
hous'd— And now, to reconncitre my scene of HARRIET, attended by JENNY, shews herself at action surveying the Pyramid accurately] Here
Gripe's window ; she opens it, and in a low then it is, underneath this pyramid- thattoice answers, singing to the latter strain | they have deposited the carcase of his luftistup of the same dir.
— and along with it. --all his gold, -his plate
his diamonds- his- hugging himself. Love though disguis'd by fears all day,
lo Hunks! Hunks! what a galloon were bere By night unmask'd appears.
now Acapulco !
Lire. [Pleased.] My Harriet !-your uncle's
AIR. gone, then? Har. Gone-and yours?
My dear treasure always nigh me, Live. Gone 100-Shall we down into the
Night and day my strong box by me ; Square.
Still to spy it, Jenny. Hist! hist!- some one coming
Try it, I protest, Mr. Lively- your uncle Hunks- re
Eye it, tire, retire, and let him pass.
Feel LIVELY retires, shutting his window. They
And kneel, keep theirs half shut, watching Hunks's mo
And deity it. tions. Hunks enters slowly from the left
O what transport to behold, side, stops now and then, peeping round.
What delight to chink my gold. Hunks. A murrain seize the inventor of these
Mahomet's a scurvy prophet, tell-tale lamps the very bane of all clandes
His fool's paradise, I scoff ittine enterprise Why, here, 'tis as light as day
Think to gull folks with his Houris!
Beggur wenches without doaries ! now I'fecks, we might as well have no nigbt at all—Then those damn'd Janizaries-ever
Had he feign'd his heaven of pelf, lastingly patrolling--and prying-Vexation upon
I'd have been a Turk myself. vexation !-However, 'tis luckily rather latish -and, this—a solitary quarter. Who knows? |
Lively. [Aside, opening his window solla.) -I may chance to execute my scheme still-1
me still Pest seize him! will he never be gone! [Sees Gripe at a distance. Paah! what inter
(Shuts it. loper now?[Steps aside to observe.
Hunks. [Again surveying the Pyrumid.] No “Jenny. [At the window seeing Gripe.)-Soh!
mil child's play, to make a breach here must get --here comes t'other squeeze-fist-Gripe him
help,I'fecks![Ponders. Gripe, yes,the very stick self-away, Miss, away.
- but he-lle'll be for going snacks-well, better give half than lose all-Ay, ay-and liere be
comes just in the nick. Enter Gripe pleased, draws forth a large bunch [Gripe comes forth, locks his door, and of keys.
pockets the keys.)
Gripe. [To, himself, while locking the deer.) Gripe. Such a gull-ha! ha! ha!-Bled sol
| Safe bind safe find F orage abroad, but freely !-but, no tick-no, no, the rooks would
guard at home-Pise on't-how I loiternot tick-Pise on it! he has had a devilish |
[Hobbling away, IIunks calls aflet. tumble ;-Well, well---speed the plough-his
Hunks. Gripe ! Gossip Gripe loss, iny gain- Twenty per cent premium, and
Gripe. [Looking back with a nod.) Good
Co two per cent by the hour- no bad Tontine.
le. night-Can't stay
Hunks. A moment-Lord, man what's your AIR.
hurry? Let the novice depend on his luck,
Gripe. (Coming back.] Hurry !-why-. On his science the gambler profesti.
Squander, the young factor fallen in at hazard yonder, with some knowing ones—is fleeced
soused-broke down- So, I'ın fetching him a my neice too-but, by your leave-I forbid the supply-Two hundred pieces.
banns there—They'd instantly call us to account Hunks, [Earnestly. And at what interest ? for their fortunes. Gripe. Pise on it-a mere nothing-Two per Hunks. They would—and be ever gaping, cent,
yaping at ours--But-we waste time-Come, Hunks. [In surprise.] Are you turn'd fool? come along with me, to get the implements for --Two per cent?
our enterprize. Gripe. Avby the hour,
Gripe. Can't you as well step for them your Hunks. Oh! cry you mercy--But Gossip! self?--one business must not obstruct another--- with a myslerrous air. - Observe that I'll but carry my spark this cash-just hard by Pyramid Yesterday, in a vault- be- and be back presently. [Exeunt severally, neath that Pyramid -was interred the late Mufti Gripe. [With indifference.) Well—peace be
As the two Misers are going off, Harriet
appears at her window, attended by JENNY; with him. Hunks. Y-e-s--and his rhino with us! for |
they make signs of great joy, then retire as you must know-that, here in Smyrna--when a
descending into the square ; in the mean Mufti dies--they bury all his riches with him
time, LIVELY unscrewing a bar of his window,
leaps down and runs to meet HARRIET- --they do, i'fecks.
JENNY withdraws to watch. vex a man to die. Hunks. It does mitigate to be sure.
AIR-DUET. Gripe. [After a pause. All his riches buried with him? TEying the Pyramid, then eagerly to Har. They're gone, and our flames we may lIunks.] Pise on it, Gossip !-here were a ven
freely rereal. ture now ! Eh?
Lively. What transport in this precious moHunks. (Seeming to hesitate.) And yet- I ment I feel. have my scruples---A'n't it a sin, think you?
My Harriet. --so rich a prize!
Har. - ---My Lively. Gripe. We're to go halves !
Lively. My Harriet." llunks. A sacrilege? eh!
- My Lively. Gripe. Not if we go halves.
Lively. In vain they our hearts would dissever.
, I love, and will love you for ever; RECITATIVE.
Har. ) In vain they our hearts would dissever.
Lively. For Harriet I live, and for Harriet Gripe. Indeed had he a Christian been,
would die. Hunks. 0, ay, had he a christian been,
Har. Ah! Lively I swear, and this heart Gripe. Nice casuists might perhaps !
cannot lie, Hunks. -Might, what?
I will ne'er be but yours. Gripe. - Pronounce it sin, Lively. --
- What ! Never ?
Nor ever will I be but yours.
-What! Never ?
Lively. No, never will I be but yours. Gripe. But a vile Turkma Mufli too.
Har. Though Gripe locks his doors. Hunks. —-Yes, Turk-und Mufti too.
Pointing to the door open. Crime 1 A foe to wine, 'tis true, 'tis true, Lively. [Points to the unscrewed bar.] Though 1 - A foe to wine, 'tis true, 'tis true.
his windows Hunks yrates. Let's take.
Har. Love loves to make fools of such Hunks. --Let's seize on all he left.
( wary grey pates. 'Tis lawful spoil,
Lively. Love loves to over-reach such design. Gripe. ---Noi sinful theft.
) ing bald pates. Hunks. 'Tis lawful spoil, not sinful theft.
Deign lore then to guide us,
Nor suffer these grubs to divide us.
Oh! Never! Lively. Rot them, will they sleep here ?-Ah! Har. Deign love then to guide us for ever. he saw me..
Lively. They shall not divide us; no, Never.
Lively. T Gripe. [Turning hastily] Ha! somebody at that window methought!
Jenny. [Rejoining them.] Well, my dears, Hunks. My hopeful nephew, 'tis like-a scape- since upright love is your motive, and downright grace! but, i'fecks, I shall soon rid my hands of matrimony your end,- I thing, I must e'en beat him-.I'll shut him up in a mad-house!
about to bring you together.
Jenny. Sooner, perhaps, than you imagine. I servant, kind Mr. Squander !_will you any more --Miss has an aunt in Dublin-Lady Mild- Rouleaus, at the same discount? hee, hee, hee, may-her heart and house are open to you. -I ha' totted it up- 200 pistoles, at two per
cent by the hour, will amount, in six months, AIR.
(with interest upon interest) to about 20,000!.
sterling. Good! good !-Pise on it! I'll have Haste, let us fly from this land of oppression, an execution in pettothen, souse-his magaWhere beauty is led like a pig in a string ;
zines-his town house-his villa-all mine, all A heart that's divided, to share in succession,
mine.-Come, come,-upon the whole, no dear My mind (too exalted) I never can bring, purchase.
A bird in hand's an old erpression,
AIR. That two in the bush is not one in possession; We'll bring the proud infidels to a confession, If the proverb has truly asserted, · That women have souls as well as the men. That “a fool and his cash soon are parted,
Like truth in the contrary it lies; Quick, then, away to an island of pleasure, That, who has it, and keeps it, is wise, Where each happy female may do as they please,
Fools are spouts,whence the rich torrent ruske, Where liberty's reckon'd the choicest of treasure; We, the cisterns, to save all that gushes; Then fly, and the kind opportunity seize.
And prevent it from running to waste.
While the ninnies The bird in hand's an old erpression,
Are melting their guineas, That two in the bush is not one in possession;
Some lurking regret still within is, We'll bring the proud infidels to a confession,
But we, without a sigh, That women have souls as well as the men.
Pick up, what they let fly;
Their envy we, and they our jest.
[Pulls out his bunch of keys, and unlocks his project? lack of cash- Looking archly at him.]
door leading the key in the lock; then Are you flush, Sir? [He shakes his head sorrow
calls JENNY fully. So I thought
Gripe. Jenny! Jenny! I say.
and therefore hold it bad policy to leave all Miss's fortune, all
Jenny. [Abude at the window. Sir.
Gripe. Fetch hither my supper, hussy. her Mama's effects, in Gripe's clutchesCheer up, however-a lucky crisis may come,
Jenny. Your every day, supper, sir?
come, Gripe. Yes, and the bottle of Cyprus wine. and trust me for not letting it slip.
"P. A L
He takes a turn in the square,
liowards Hunks's house. I have made too good grow wild with resentment; but you, my love, svaru
" a day's work on't, to grudge myself wine at -you seem quite unconcern'd.
Har. Pardon me, dear Lively !-I feel the nignt. utmost contempt of their depravity, mixed with l, Lively. [Softly opening the wiudow.] What is a kind of pity for my uncle's foible.-But [Tak
T he muttering there. ing his hand, and looking fondly at him.) the.
I Gripe. [To himself, coming just under the
window.) À lucky day has this been, both to truth is that
Hunks and me— and to-morrow, he'll piu ap AIR.
the basket, by getting that nephew of his conhned.
Lively. (Aside.] How, how?-the fusty kidAt thy presence, dengeful passion, napper ! - confined: -I shall give hiin the slip, Envy, hate, and indignation,
though. [Withdraws, shutting the windor. From this tranquil bosom fly. Wealth, by gold, let miscreants measure, | GRIPE, retreating towards his own door, is met Be but Lively's heart my treasure,
by Jenny, carrying a morsel of bread, a phial Gripe will be less rich thun I.
bottle half full of wine, and a diminutite glass, Jenny. In, in, get ye in-here's Gripe a-com
on a pewter plate. ing.
Jenny. Here, sir Har. My uncle! ( lud ! I shall die in fright. Gripe. [Eating and holding the glass to be (Runs into the house with Jenny, who locks fill'd] What's Harriet a doing? the door.
Jenny. Waiting for you—we have not suppd. Lively. [Leaping in at his window, and replac-| Gripe. Well, you may-Sips. go to bed ing the bar.] Plague welcome him.
-To himself:] Mufti
Jenny. Best go in doors, sir. Enter Gripe, walking leisurely, with a parch
Gripe. [Walks to and fro, mounching and ment bond in his hand.
sipping.] No-Aside. 7 warm rogues, four Gripe. Here's ti.e bond-stamp'd and all- | Mufties - [To her.)-1 sha'n't come bone, to
night, may-hap-[Holds out the glass to be filld.]| Jenny. [To Harriet.] Joy! joy !-the deeds! a plumb, at least.
Aside the chatiles I have them all.--Now, my Jenny. [Staring at him, but not filling.) Why, turtles, we take wing- [Recollecting: sir-'tis wine- Louder. wine, sir.
hang it!— I forgot - Here, these--[Deliders Gripe. Eh? --Pise on't! I wasn't minding them in a hurry. Be careful of the contents; Here, lock up Giving the glass, and remnant I'll be back immediately.
(Exit, of bread] this for to-morrow-O! a mint! a Har. O gemini! What a load of finery! mine!-the Indies ! In erlacy. I fly, I fiy. Come, Lively! let's sit down and lay them all
(Hurries away, leaving his keys. in order. (They sit on the wall of the draw well, Jenny. [Looking after him.] Quite frantic, I placing apron and basket between them, then declare- [Going in and has forget-nay, as range the parcels out of the one into the other. I am alive, he has | Runs in with the things, then And first this bundle of-bonds, I suppose, at seizes the keys, and calls aloud]-Mr. Lively !- bottom. Miss Harriet ! [They look out.] Come down. Lively. Next, this band-box in the corner [They disappear as to descend, then turning over - So-and here on this side, the casket of the keys.) ay,-this is the key of his den—this jewels. of the iron door to his closet—and this-[To Har. Stay, let me just take a peep-Oh! Lively and Harriet see here my lambkins! the Lively! such noble brilliantscrisis is come; Gripe has forgot his keys-See! Lively. With what delight shall I see my angel -be said he should not be at home tö-night- wear them !-ah! Harriet ! how enchanting is But there's no tr'isting to that-So while I step that look !-while your eyes thus tenderly shoot in, stay you here, and watch-I'll not return into mine, 'tis perfect extacy! empty-handed, I promise you.
[Springs to embrace her, [Runs joyfully into the house. Har. (Resentfully. ] How now, sir? what Lively. Faith! ny dearest Harrier! 'twas liberty? (Takes his hand off the basket to repel high time-do you know that my vile uncle him, the basket and apron fall into the well, she is plotting to get me confined ?
screams.] Oh heavens the basket's dropt into Har. Confined !- on what pretext? the well.
Live. Madness, I suppose- But let him catch me if he can. The tables are now
Enter Jenny, who overhears her, and screams. turned, and our escape secured past prevention. | Jenny. Heavens and earth, into the well! Har. I am on thorns to embark My heart
[He turns away in confusion. presages we shall be happy in Europe.
Har. [ Whimpering.) A giddy pate-with bis
Lively. I was sure she had hold on't-S0,-
in my transport Love to our vows propitious,
Jenny. [Provoked.] Transport; nonsense! Wuit but to crown our wishes,
yes, yes-We're finely on our way now-Lovers ! In Europe 'till we land.
lovers, say I-[Wringing her hands.] wretch !
that I am. Lively. Here kravish uncles spite us,
Lively. Patience, Jenny !-Can't I go down Thither gay hopes invite us.
for them? Hymen will there unite us,
Jenny. [Eagerly.] Egad, that's true--and In his delighting band.
by my troth, so you shall, (Ironically.) Mr.
Transport. Har. Fortune no more, &c.
Har. (Alarm'd.) into the well; Lively. Here knavish uncles, 8c,
[Runs to look down into it. Har. Steady still, will ye love me ? Eh? Steady, Steady,
Sure you have lost your senses,
Look down, the depth immense is : Lively. Steady to death. &c.
No bottom can I see. Har. O then ! blest and blessing,
Bless us ! how could you think of it,
He sha'n't approach the brink of it,
But, in to plunge! what he ;
Oh, no, I'll never agree.
Jenny. La! what are you so afraid of ?-'tis Lively. S Oh then ! blest, 8c,
really not deep; and besides, has been dry this
long while. JENNY comes forth, exulting on her arm a Lively. [Looking up at the pulley.] Ay, but
basket crammed full, in her hand a band-box there's never a rope. -a casket, und parcels of paper, wrapt up in Jenny. We can take the rope and bucket of an apron.
| Gripe's well.--Come, let's in a bit, for the pre